Ireland

Raidió na Life wins Radio Station of the Year award

Raidió na Life has won the Radio Station of the Year award at the Celtic Media Awards 2024 in Cardiff.
It’s the second time the station has won the award in the past three years.
Raidió na Life was nominated side by side with nine other stations this year: 6 BBC radio stations: BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal, BBC Radio Cymru; Galicia’s Radio Galega; along with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and Raidió Fáilte.
Muiris Ó Fiannachta, Radio na Life Station Manager, said: “It is a huge source of pride for us to win Radio Station of the Year at the Celtic Media Festival 2024 in Cardiff, especially as it comes on the heels of us winning the award in Quimper in Britanny two years ago, in 2022.
“As we compete with big stations with huge resources behind them, we are incredibly proud of this achievement. We are so happy that the judges recognised that there is something special going on at Raidió na Life – the energy, the diversity, the vibrancy, the innovation, the fun and the spirit of our station; the wonderful programmes and the a wide selection of content which we broadcast to the Irish-speaking community, not only in the greater Dublin area, where we can be heard on 106.4FM, but nationwide and worldwide online.
“This is fantastic recognition for the creative, energetic work done by our brilliant team of volunteers in Raidió na Life. It’s also a great boost to and a huge vote of confidence in our wonderful staff who perform small miracles every day, keeping the show on the road and the station on the air.
“When you consider that there are more staff working on some programmes on some of the other stations we competed with this year than there are working in Raidió na Life in its entirety, this truly is a huge achievement by the Raidió na Life team and I cannot praise them enough.” […]

Ireland

New breakfast and summer schedule for 2FM as Aifric O’Connell joins

Aifric O’Connell has joined 2FM Breakfast as Lottie Ryan and David O’Reilly team up for afternoon drive.
2FM Breakfast with Donncha, Carl and Aifric started today, as Aifric O’Connell joined Carl Mullan and Donncha O’Callaghan each day from 6am for early offerings of music, chats, listener call-ins and comedy to kick-start the day.
From 9-12pm Monday-Friday, The Laura Fox Show sees Laura at the helm for craic and chat and tunes, favourites including What the Fox?, and the voice bending daily Autotune Fortune challenge. Tracy Clifford on 2FM from 12-3pm, brings listeners through their lunch with new tunes, as well as big hits, and the latest sounds from the legendary Studio 8 sessions.
Lottie Ryan and David O’Reilly will present Monday-Friday on 2FM Drive with Lottie and David. They’re set to make the nation’s commute a lot brighter and happier with great tunes, giveaways and giggles all the way home from 3-6pm.
Game On continues from 6-7pm, bringing all the latest sports news, with Marie Crowe and Ruby Walsh. Beta Da Silva on 2FM airs Mon-Thurs 7-9pm, where Beta invites listeners to lock in, chill, and discover all the latest in the music world, with new tunes, new projects, gig news, album breakdowns and a selection of music across all genres.
Jenny Greene curates a selection of the finest Indie and Electronic music, from 9-11pm Monday-Thursday on The Greene Room, including chats with names from the world of music, film and entertainment, followed by Dan Hegarty – The Alternative from 11pm-1am, showcasing an alternative to sleep, with alt rock, electro pop, hip hop and reggae.
Tara Walsh kickstarts Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7-9am with Weekend Breakfast on 2FM. Bláthnaid Treacy is on air Saturday and Sunday from 9am-12pm, and Roz & Emma will keep listeners entertained each weekend from 12-3pm. Conor Behan presents 3-6pm across Saturday and Sunday, followed by The Electric Disco with Jenny Greene, and Dave Treacy from 8-10pm.
Head of RTÉ 2FM Dan Healy said: “We are very happy that for the summer we are strengthening our schedule with 2FM homegrown talent with Aifric, Lottie and David. 2FM has always been programmed with a mix of presenters who have learnt their craft here with personalities from outside who have built a profile with younger audiences.
“It always starts with the audience first and this summer’s schedule is built with only them in mind. I believe that 2FM has the most exciting mission in RTÉ. Our mission is to inform and entertain younger audiences with wonderful music, chat and sport. The summer is full of music and sport and that is where we will be.
“We will be working hard to continue to build a station with the next generation of 2FM presenters and there’s no shortage of those.” […]

Ireland

Rachael English to take over from Bryan Dobson on RTÉ Radio 1’s News at One

Rachael English is lined up as the new presenter of News at One on RTÉ Radio 1 following the retirement of Bryan Dobson.
After 14 years as part of the team of Morning Ireland presenters, the broadcaster will move to be a permanent presenter on RTÉ Radio 1’s flagship lunchtime radio programme.
Speaking about the move for the first time, Rachael English said: “One of my first jobs in RTÉ was as a reporter on the News at One. It was also where I first worked as a stand-in presenter.
“I’ve always hoped that one day I’d get to return, so I’m delighted to be doing so now. It feels like coming home. It’s been a privilege to present Morning Ireland, and I’d like to thank the colleagues who have made getting up at 4am bearable. I’m looking forward to working with the fantastic team on the News at One.”
Deirdre McCarthy, Managing Director of News & Current Affairs said: “Rachael is a highly respected journalist and outstanding broadcaster. I am delighted that she will now be joining the exceptional team of journalists on our flagship News at One programme.
Rachael joined RTÉ in 1991 as a 2fm news reader and later worked as a reporter for Morning Ireland; the News at One, Today With Pat Kenny and RTÉ Television News. Rachael’s first full-time presenting job was on Five Seven Live on RTÉ Radio 1. She presented The Late Debate and Saturday View before joining Morning Ireland in 2010. She has also worked on a number of special series. These include The Constituency which focused on the issues and candidates in all of the Dail’s constituencies and The Big Science Debate where an expert panel discussed the ethical challenges presented by scientific developments.
Since 2002, she has been a presenter on RTÉ Radio 1’s General Election results programmes. She has also presented coverage of local, European and presidential election counts and has anchored election coverage from Belfast, London and Washington. As a reporter and presenter, she has worked on a huge range of national and international stories from the signing of the Good Friday Agreement to the Olympics Games to the 9/11 attacks. In 2022, Rachael’s outstanding contribution to radio broadcasting in Ireland was recognised and she was inducted into the IMRO Awards Radio Hall of Fame.
Rachael is the author of seven novels, most recently the top-ten bestseller, Whatever Happened to Birdy Troy?. A communications graduate of Dublin City University, she began her career in local radio at Clare FM in Ennis. She is a native of Shannon in Co. Clare.
Rachael will beginning presenting the News at One on RTÉ Radio 1 on Monday 15th July. […]

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Cork’s 96FM Giving for Living Radiothon 2024 raises over €400k

The sixteenth annual Cork’s 96FM’s Giving for Living Radiothon has ended with a total of €409,178 being raised.
It brings the cumulative raised so far by Radiothons run by the Wireless Ireland station since 2008 to more than €6.5million.
Money raised this year is to support Cancer Services in Cork provided through the five local charity partners, Mercy Hospital Foundation, CUH Charity; Marymount Hospice, ARC Cancer Support House and Breakthrough Cancer Research.
Radiothon ran on-air and online from 6am to 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 10am till 6pm on Saturday.
Listeners held fundraising events right across Cork City and County. These included “Coffee Breaks” and a “Shorts and Sunglasses” event.
Bus Eireann drivers operated the city’s biggest change collection box at Cork’s Bus Station on Parnell Place. Over €10,000 was raised through this initiative.

Hundreds of organisations took part in “Jersey Day” on Friday. Listeners were encouraged to wear their favourite sports jersey at work or at school and to raise money for Radiothon.
All inbound and outbound calls across the three days were handled on by Abtran at their state of the art call centre in Blackrock at no cost to Radiothon.
Group Station Director of Cork’s 96FM & C103 Kieran McGeary said: “Once again, the listeners to Cork’s 96FM have shown huge generosity and we deeply appreciate it. This amazing result shows the strength of the trust between our listeners and Cork’s 96FM. It also shows the high regard people have for Radiothon’s five charity partners.” […]

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Jennifer Zamparelli to leave RTÉ 2FM after ten years on-air

Presenter Jennifer Zamperelli is to leave RTÉ 2FM after ten years on-air.
Jennifer has presented her own show from 9am weekdays on RTÉ 2FM since May 2019, but originally joined the station in February 2014 on Breakfast Republic with Bernard and Keith.
Jennifer Zamparelli, previously known as Jennifer Maguire, said: “I have been working in 2FM for 10 amazing years and now it’s time for me to move on. It has been a really difficult decision to make as I love my team, and of course chatting to you guys (the listeners) every morning.
“From the early starts on Breakfast Republic all those years ago, to opening up the phone lines again from 9-12pm, I have loved every minute. Within this time I have gotten married and had two kids and now I feel it’s their time. Florence and Enzo are growing up so fast it’s scary and I really feel now is the time to give them a little more of me, so I won’t be returning to my daily radio show.”
Jennifer paid tribute to the team who have worked with her through her ten years at RTÉ 2FM.
“Thank you to all the producers and BCOs who helped over the years. Thank you to my team for all the support and the laughs. Thanks to Paul Russell and Dan Healy for being so understanding of me needing my family time and for the opportunity to be on 2FM for 10 years. I’m so excited to see what happens next with the station … I will be tuning in for sure.”
Head of RTÉ 2FM Dan Healy said: “After an amazing 10 years on 2FM, Jen has decided to leave the station. Funny, bold, and brave, Jen has been front and centre of 2FM from The Breakfast Republic Show to her brilliant own Jennifer Zamparelli Show. In February 2014, 2FM changed direction to appeal to younger audiences and Jen was key to achieving our goal.
“I want to thank her deeply for her energy and commitment to 2FM. It has been a privilege to work with such an amazingly talented person. I wish Jen, Lau and their gang all the best for the future and will cheer for Jen loudly in the next phase of her sparkling career”.
Dan continued: “Also, a big thanks to the producers who worked with Jen over the years – Dave Sherry on Breakfast Republic and Kate Proctor, Eithne Kelly, Anita Ward and Jon Jon Mehigan on The Jen Zamparelli Show and of course the rest of our colleagues who worked so hard on the shows.”
RTÉ 2FM will announce further details on its summer schedule in the coming weeks. […]

Ireland

Mark McCabe joins 98FM for weekly dance music show

DJ Mark McCabe is to join 98FM to present a weekly Saturday night dance music show.
Best known for the dancefloor classic ‘Maniac 2000’, Mark will present three hours of dance anthems every Saturday night (6-9pm) on 98FM and 98FM Dance.
98FM Managing Editor Pat Gill said: “Mark is the voice of a generation of clubbers in Dublin, and I’m delighted to have him join 98FM. We’re ready to turn up the volume as Mark brings Dublin’s Good Times to a Saturday night”.
Mark McCabe commented: “Dublin radio is where I started out and I’m so happy to be joining the team at 98FM and presenting a show playing some of the dance anthems I grew up playing in clubs around Dublin as I started out”.
98FM Dance with Mark McCabe kicks off from 6pm on Saturday, 25th May. […]